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26 July 2014

Being an insomniac, I woke about 4 a.m. last Friday, turned on the BBC and there was the news already, although the details were sketchy, that a couple of hours… Read more

19 July 2014

I wonder if you have noticed that the public response here and overseas to the current Middle Eastern crisis has been more muted and subdued than the reaction to previous… Read more

12 July 2014

I feel as if I am writing the Diary this week, as I recount the ups and downs of my appointment to the committee to recommend members of the boards… Read more

5 July 2014

I hope the proposals from the one- man committee of inquiry to make the ABC and SBS ‘more commercial’ are rejected. It is superficially attractive to charge a fee for… Read more

28 June 2014

A column like this cannot ignore the terrible events in the Middle East as Iraq falls apart from bloody-mindedness, Islamic fanaticism and lack of national identity, Syria is bombed into… Read more

21 June 2014

I originally thought the Abbott/Hockey budget was pretty sensible and logical in terms of the financial crisis facing the country; if you are spending so much that you are steadily… Read more

14 June 2014

Those of you who have read this column recently know that what has been agitating me is the expansion of government which has put us into hock. There have been… Read more

7 June 2014

I agree with Lucy Turnbull about Malcolm’s dinner with Clive Palmer. Her father Tom Hughes used to be in politics and had the pleasure of working and eating in the… Read more

31 May 2014

I do not like talking about personalities in politics. What is at stake is too important to be channelled through the fortunes of one man or woman. But the budget… Read more

24 May 2014

It is a minority opinion, but to me there seems to be a remarkable lack of passion and enthusiasm in the opposition to the budget. What with the build-up and… Read more

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17 May 2014

It looks as if at long last we have a government that is prepared to make some hard and unpopular, but necessary, decisions in the national interest. The budget contains… Read more

10 May 2014

I devoted most of last weekend to attending the conference of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia in Canberra. The Institute promotes the settlement of all forms of disputes,… Read more

3 May 2014

Our criticism of the ABC loses its credibility if we do not praise it on those occasions when praise is deserved. So I have to say that its coverage of… Read more

26 April 2014

There are now another 156 reasons for keeping our constitutional monarchy, for that is the number of leading barristers who took the step last week of having themselves appointed as… Read more

19 April 2014

Monday nights are back to normal and I can watch the new season of Game of Thrones, the brilliant dungeons and dragons fantasy. You will recall that, many months ago,… Read more

12 April 2014

I was thrilled to see the implacable enthusiasm of Afghani voters as they lined up in their thousands for hours to vote in the presidential election, despite the threats of… Read more

5 April 2014

It was good to see the government’s decision to amend Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, as the reforms will strike a neat balance between freedom of speech on… Read more

22 March 2014

The next step has been taken in Victorian barristers’ consideration of changing their titles from the rather anodyne Senior Counsel to the more traditional Queen’s Counsel. Of all those eligible,… Read more

15 March 2014

I don’t want to harp about the ABC and I hope this will be my last contribution on that subject, or at least on the widespread concern about the most… Read more

8 March 2014

During my illustrious career as Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs I had a visit from my counterpart in the Chinese government. We had a pleasant chat about the bonds… Read more

1 March 2014

I see that Kevin Rudd has been appointed to a teaching job in international politics at Harvard University, specialising in China-US relations. The appointment reminded me of the remark of… Read more

22 February 2014

I wonder why international leaders make decisions that are clearly against their own interests. There have been two recent examples. The first was the release by Israel of another tranche… Read more

15 February 2014

There are some loose ends about the ABC controversy that should be tidied up. First, it is interesting that the ABC’s own case was put by the managing director and… Read more

8 February 2014

Writing about the need to reform the ABC is profoundly depressing. You can draw attention to its failure to provide balance in its coverage of current affairs, its perpetual axe-grinding… Read more

1 February 2014

What an inspired choice for Governor-General! General Cosgrove will acquit himself well and be a distinguished occupant of that high office that is so pivotal to our Constitution and the… Read more